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File:Yale-beinecke-library.jpg|right|thumb|On a bright day, the exterior enclosure of the Beinecke Library appears to float above its darkened entry level. File:Yale Beinecke Library.JPG|right|thumb|This rainy day view shows the massive corner piers supporting the building's exterior enclosure. The sunken sculpture forecourt is in the foreground at left. The '''Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library''' is the special collections|rare book library and archive|literary archive of the Yale University Library in New Haven, Connecticut. Situated on Yale University's Hewitt Quadrangle, the building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1963. Established by a gift of the Beinecke family and given its own endowment, the library is financially independent from the university and is co-governed by the University Library and Yale Corporation.
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